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Getting Started With WordPress

Getting Started With WordPress

The absolute basics of getting started with WordPress: installing and first steps.

Kristen Symonds

November 13, 2014

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  1. WordPress .org .com completely flexible/extendible fixed set of features need

    to purchase hosting free to sign up install/update WordPress yourself WordPress already installed/ updated many free plugins (extensions) some paid upgrades available
  2. Installing WordPress locally (on your computer) MAMP XAMPP on host

    server Manually: ‘Famous 5-minute install’ Automatic installers
  3. Username & password Don’t use admin Use a strong password

    https://strongpasswordgenerator.com/ Use a password manager like LastPass Or password memorising techniques
  4. Security previous slide from Vlad Lasky’s 2012 security presentation See

    also Wil Brown’s 2014 security presso You should update WordPress & plugins
  5. Avoid spam Discussion settings Turn off comments altogether if not

    needed Turn off comments after n days Stop Media Comment Spamming Akismet, Anti-spam
  6. Backup Do it! via host or plugin Premium VaultPress BackupBuddy

    Free Akeeba Backup BackWPUp (+ pro) BackUpWordPress (+) X Cloner
  7. Writing Content Don’t miss the Toggle Toolbar button in the

    visual editor for more formatting options Click Me
  8. Image sizes At least as wide as your content (depends

    on theme) 1000px wide is usually a safe ballpark Optimise images without changing quality using programs like ImageOptim, Smush.it, ImageMagick WordPress also creates multiple image sizes (thumbnail, medium & large) for your use.